Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:19 am
It's been a bit since I logged in. The death of Toys R Us has really had a major effect on all toymakers, with Mattel/Mega being no exception. Right now Walmart and Target are the biggest toy retailers in the US, and that's not good for the toy industry. My local stores have drastically cut down on their shelving for toys in general and are not cycling their stock. There are items in my closest Walmart that have been there for literally years.
I'd suggest that Mattel open up more of their selection for direct internet sales, but I don't know what kind of agreements they have in place with the retailers. All in all, it means we'e just stuck having to search constantly to see if we're the one place some item or another shows up, or we have to bite the bullet and pay ripoff online prices. I'm sure the folks at Mega are just as frustrated as we are, if not more - for us these are playthings and collectibles, for them it's their livelihood.